The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is pleased to be partnering with Ohio Memory to present our growing digital archive. There are currently several collections that we invite you to explore.
The first oral histories were done in 1968, under the direction of Irene McCreary, with interviews with John Biggers and Demeter Colchagoff. In the mid-1970s, the project resumed with Morgan Barclay, David Noel, Helene Kriner, and Tana Mosier Porter. Areas covered include, ethnic groups, businesses and industries, social history, Northwest Ohio, labor history, agencies and institutions.
Our photograph collection features historic photographs of the Toledo area, including images of people and places from both the 19th and 20th centuries.
The rare documents within our manuscript collections cover a wide variety of subjects. This digital collection features materials from the War of 1812 and the Ohio Michigan Boundary Dispute, as well as materials related to women's rights, Northwest Ohio history, presidents, presidential candidates, and first ladies.
This collection features books about the history of Northwest Ohio, including “Toledo Profile: A Sesquicentennial History” and "Toledo, Future Great City of the World: As Envisaged Almost a Century Ago."
Toledo Area Jewish History
This collection includes “A History of the Toledo Jewish Community 1895-2006: A Rich Tapestry of Historical Information,” and “Toledo Calling,” a monthly bulletin that provided Toledo area happenings to Jewish men and women serving in the armed forces.
We have started to digitize local yearbooks and will continue to add to this digital collection. Yearbooks are some of our most requested items and we are always looking to add to our physical collection. If you have local area school yearbooks that you would like to donate, please contact the Local History and Genealogy Department.
Exhibit - Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankowski
This is an exhibit of works about the life of a young girl growing up in Poland who was sent, with her family, to a labor camp in Siberia during World War II. It includes her handwritten diary composed in 1942. Mrs. Frankowski eventually settled in Toledo, Ohio. The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is honored to share her story.
Exhibit - Birmingham Neighborhood
This exhibit was created in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Birmingham Branch Library (September 2015). The Birmingham neighborhood in East Toledo, was established in the 1890s when many Hungarian workers moved to this area to work in steel, copper and shipbuilding industries. The collection has parts that include historic photographs; photographs of artifacts from the Birmingham Cultural Center; and, books by Jack Ahern, Yolanda Szuch, and others that focus on settlement of Hungarian Americans in Toledo.
Exhibit – A Photographic History of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
This exhibit features photographs of migrant workers as they fought for fair working conditions in boycotts against the Campbell Soup Company and the Mt. Olive Pickle Company. These materials were loaned to us by co-founder and FLOC president, Baldemar Velasquez.
Exhibit – Margarita De Leon
This exhibit features materials donated by Margarita De Leon, community leader and the founder of IMAGE of Northwest Ohio, a local chapter of a national Latino advocacy organization. IMAGE of Northwest Ohio oversees the annual Diamente Awards and scholarship program, which provide college scholarships for Latinos to local colleges. This exhibit features a wide variety of materials from, and related to, IMAGE of Northwest Ohio and the Diamente Awards and scholarship program, including documents, reports, articles, letters, and programs.
Exhibit - Sam Szor
This collection is a retrospective of historical images of the music of Sam Szor and the dance of Bud Kerwin. It features photos by Bill Hartough from the 1960s from Toledo Public Schools Woodward High School, The University of Toledo, Music Under the Stars, and Kerwin Ballet Theater.
Exhibit - Sergeant Gallagher & WWI
This exhibit features letters, newspaper clippings, and official army documents from Sergeant John J. Gallagher. The letters provide the particularly interesting perspective of WWI.